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Bayou DeChene Reservoir

House Bill 1635 Act 1135 of 1995 by Sen. Thompson & Rep Ellington
Michael L. Thompson Lake Director

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Total approved $ 10,315,000 in 2005

From 1995 to Sept 4, 2003 $6,350,000.00. was spent to get to the permit stage.
On Sept 19, 2003 Rep. Lelon Kenney and Michael Thompsonpresented L.D.W.F.
a check for $793,100to pay for litigation of land taken.

What happened with the other $5,556,900.00 dollars for this small 1100 acre lake.
Denmon says the overall project is estimated to cost approximately $12 million dollars.
Mike Thompson is not taking credit any more for building this reservoir. See Ruston Daily
Leader Oct 3, 2004 Meeting Jumpstarts Reservoir. Has the project been abandoned?

L.D.W.F. ACCEPTS FUNDS FOR RESERVOIR PROJECT MITIGATION

Bayou-Dechene-Fishing&Hunting-News

PermitNo. and Permittee Date Issued 4 Sep 2003 Location of Work
CEMVK-OD-FE PBH-980009340 Location of Work Discharge earthen
Mr. Jackie Barrett, Chairman Discharge earthen material in wetlands
Bayou DeChene Reservoir Comm. Associated with the construction of a
175 Woodland Drive 1,098- acre recreational and water supply reservoir
Columbia, Louisiana 71418 in secs. 1, 2, 3, 11, T13N-R3E, Caldwell Parish, LA
Click here for Permit

From: < WhitneyLedet@dotd.louisiana.gov>
Subject: Re: Bayou Dechene Reservoir Sent: Friday, October 08, 2004 12:34 PM
The project sponsor for this project is Caldwell Parish.
To date there has been approximately 6.25 million spent with an available balance
of 1.5 million. This does not count this years monies yet. Each fiscal year any money not
spent and where bonds have not yet been sold require reauthorization by the legislature

From: EricBurges@dotd.louisiana.gov Cc: TriniSanders@dotd.louisiana.gov ;
BobHamilton@dotd.louisiana.gov ; MarieBrewer@dotd.louisiana.gov
Sent: Friday, October 08, 2004 2:07 PM Subject: Fw: WWW Contacts -

Dear sir: Bayou Dechene Reservoir has received the following in funding;

Act 1096 of 1995 appropriated & the Louisiana State Bond Commission approved $250,000.00
Act 45 of 1996 appropriated & the Louisiana State Bond Commission approved $1,500,000.00
Act 28 of 1997 appropriated & the Louisiana State Bond Commission approved $2,000,000.00
Act 29 of 1998 appropriated and the Louisiana State Bond Commission approved 2,500,000.00
No new funding approved : Act 20 of 1999 , Act 21 of 2000, Act 22 of 2001, Act 23 of 2002, Act 25 of 2003
Act 2 of 2004 appropriated and the Louisiana State Bond Commission approved $100,000.00

In conclusion the total appropriated and approved for Bayou Dechene Reservoir project is $6,350,000.00.

The $ values in the house bill/Capital Outlay Act in the various priorities are only valid
once approved by the Louisiana State Bond Commission. Also some older funds appear in
subsequent House Bills/ Capital Out Acts as re-authorized funds pending the sale of
General obligation Bonds to cover Lines of Credit granted previously by the State
Bond Commission. If you have any further questions you may contact me at 225-379-1381

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LDWF Weekly News (September 23, 2003)

Category: General
Date: 9/23/2003
Source: LA Dept. of Wildlife and Fisheries

2003-280
L.D.W.F. ACCEPTS FUNDS FOR RESERVOIR PROJECT MITIGATION

On September 19, State Representative Lelon Kenney and Michael Thompson of the Bayou DeChene Reservoir Commission presented Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary James Jenkins Jr. with a check in the amount of $793,100. The money was to fulfill a mitigation requirement by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to offset unavoidable wetland losses. An agreement reached between the commission and the department allowed for the restoration of department property. This was an unprecedented arrangement involving the development of state lands.
The Bayou DeChene Reservoir Commission is in the process of developing a reservoir near Columbia in north Louisiana. The project is modeled after the popular Poverty Point Reservoir near Delhi. During the planning of the project, it was determined that there would be unavoidable wetland loss. To mitigate this loss, the commission entered into an agreement with the department to help restore bottomland hardwood habitat in the state-owned Red River Wildlife Management Area in Concordia Parish. At a ratio of over five acres restored for each acre lost, 721 acres will be restored in the WMA.
LDWF is very excited about this arrangement. LDWF Program Manager Randy Myers, said "This situation is unique in that it benefits the public in two ways. They get to enjoy the new reservoir facility and we now have the capability to restore precious habitat on our WMA for their enjoyment as well. We hope that this agreement will be looked to as a model for future mitigations."

Louisiana Jackie C. Barrett

Basketball 1950-1952 Barrett enrolled at EMJC in 1950 following an outstanding high school career. Jackiešs basketball scholarship proved to be money well spent for EMJC. Not only did he become a starter for the basketball Lions, he was a leading scorer for two years. The 1950-52 Lions, led by Barrett, had the best win-loss record in EMJC history. Jackie and his wife of more than 50 years, Kay, have three children, ten grandchildren, and live in Columbia, Louisiana.  See the  Sports Hall of Fame Page, and  Alumni Page

Jackie C Barrett
318-649-2797
175 Woodland Dr
Columbia, LA 71418 4771

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L.D.W.F. ACCEPTS FUNDS FOR RESERVOIR PROJECT MITIGATION

On September 19, State Representative Lelon Kenney and Michael Thompson of the Bayou DeChene Reservoir Commission presented Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Secretary James Jenkins Jr. with a check in the amount of $793,100. The money was to fulfill a mitigation requirement by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to offset unavoidable wetland losses. An agreement reached between the commission and the department allowed for the restoration of department property. This was an unprecedented arrangement involving the development of state lands.
The Bayou DeChene Reservoir Commission is in the process of developing a reservoir near Columbia in north Louisiana. The project is modeled after the popular Poverty Point Reservoir near Delhi. During the planning of the project, it was determined that there would be unavoidable wetland loss. To mitigate this loss, the commission entered into an agreement with the department to help restore bottomland hardwood habitat in the state-owned Red River Wildlife Management Area in Concordia Parish. At a ratio of over five acres restored for each acre lost, 721 acres will be restored in the WMA.

LDWF is very excited about this arrangement. LDWF Program Manager Randy Myers, said "This situation is unique in that it benefits the public in two ways. They get to enjoy the new reservoir facility and we now have the capability to restore precious habitat on our WMA for their enjoyment as well. We hope that this agreement will be looked to as a model for future mitigations."

For more information, contact Randy Myers at 225/765-2351 myers_rs@wlf.state.la.us

The DE Team was selected to plan, design and assist in construction management
of a new 1,100 acre reservoir located in Caldwell Parish, Louisiana.
This project is similar to the Poverty Point Reservoir project. DE has carried the project
through the initial engineering and environmental studies necessary to justify the reservoir
and to detail the construction and environmental considerations.
DE is presently preparing plans and specifications for several phases of the project.
The overall project is estimated to cost approximately $12 million dollars.